Pages 4 and 5 – headlines: Dead Puppy Washes Up. [Sorry] Man spots UFOs in skies above Hove. “It is worth entertaining the possibility it was beings of another world.”
Page 10 Letters It’s not a salary says Hon Alderman Ken Norman. When cllr Barnett, my wife Ann and I were elected cllrs was no annual financial allowance, we could claim small allowances for things and went through a process to make clear it was not a salary. Then thought appropriate to introduce a standard annual allowance to help cllrs in their role, never a salary, just to help members who did not have employment elsewhere. Worked well until some members now appear to think of it as a form of full time salary, not sure why.
Pubs of the past, remembered by name and address supplied. Sad to read future of the Colonnade Bar may be in doubt – time will tell. Has long association with Theatre Royal as did The Wheatsheaf in Bond Street, there was an alley linking it to New Road. Once saw some of Pink Floyd drinking there. Closed about 1970. Had really unique atmosphere but happily Brighton can still boast a good number of old pubs, all add to the fun despite tough times.
Page 12. Mustn’t laugh department. £25k artwork breaks five days after it is unveiled. The bright green illuminated neon graffiti installation along Madeira Terrace. Water damage. But it is now working again.
Page 2 Motor bikes are parking on the pavement against the cycle hangars making them unusable. Vox pop frustrated. Everyone else pays for parking but motorbike bays are free. Jolly unfair.
Page 10 Letters. What kind of council fails to provide public loos? asks Cllr Peter Atkinson (Indep) North Portslade. We often walk to Brighton from Portslade, appalled most public toilets along route are closed. Ditto in Pavilion Gardens and in Portslade. Unacceptable. Aware of council cutbacks etc but to close basic public provision to save money is intolerable and untenable. Many embarrassed and distressed. Must be agreement between all cllrs that re-opening them gets highest priority. And budget for service to be maintained. Difficult choices – but what sort of council in a busy seaside resort cannot provide such an essential public service?
Super starlings says Christine Luffman of Rotherfield Crescent. Good news re petition for their future safety. We have a stock of juicy sultanas waiting for them which they adore and devour at great speed.
Page 16 Bid to create Silicon Valley of the UK. Jon Lucas and Jake Madders of Hyve, newly established in Circus Street, plan to bring 100 new skilled jobs to city with their tech company. “We love Brighton, it’s such a cool city and we can see it becoming the Silicon Valley of the UK.” A great place to find people skilled in IT. And have potential to train young people, and internships. Are recruiting steadily. They provide online services for companies and host servers.
Page 3 Large section of coastal cliff collapses. Near Peacehaven, following heavy rain.
Page 5 Medina House remains unsold! Views to English Channel, recording studio and 5 bedrooms. Zen inspired garden and “underfloor heating boosted by automatically operated fan-assisted trench heaters” and a Kef sound system. All yours for £15m.
Page 6 City issued 239,025 parking fines last year. Worst road was Boundary Road with 6226. Next worst Madeira Drive, 2463 [big difference].
Page 10 Letters. We need councillors to be part of economy, says Cllr Dawn Barnett (Con, Hangleton) Re letter from Eric Waters about cllrs getting paid jobs. Is a misapprehension among some newer cllrs that their allowances are “wages” to be lived off. A Green cllr complained about having to look for a part-time job. A cllr is a position of service with allowances to cover the expenses incurred. Not wages. Cllrs should aim to be in a stable financial position to best fulfil their duties. Plenty of vacant jobs, much better if cllrs of working age are engaging in local economy rather than living off their allowances. The council advertised for 12 “weeding operatives” to clear weeds, but only 3 appointed – are many other vacancies – apply for one and understand what is gong on in the city.
Page 11 Free parking is key, says G Upton of address supplied. Lewes – free parking on Sundays and bank hols, and free, open, working public conveniences. Many varied independent shops and free parking every Saturday in December. Brighton’s loss was Lewes’s gain. Chichester offered reduced parking over the holiday period, and parking for Arundel’s Christmas market was free, bought more presents. Sharp contrast to Brighton, went to Christmas market and left after 15 minutes, bought nothing.
Page 12 Royal Pavilion to be open for free weekend of 14/15 January. Museum will be open too.
Page 14 Priest launches walking guide. Thirty walks from Brighton Station. £9.99 from email@example.com
. Paperbacks from Amazon for £11.99 also in Kindle and soon in local shops. Designed to be a practical handbook for exploring the city and its surrounds – 266 sights listed in the index. Covers area from Bramber Castle to Southease and Newhaven. Some circular, some with public transport back. One mile to 18 miles.
Page 23 Thousands close their doors for the last time. 2,125 businesses closed in city in 2021, up from 1670 in 2020. But 2,360 new businesses began trading. “It meant a total of 17,070 businesses were active in area, down from 18,225 in year before” [?? that doesn’t add up]
Page 24 Tattoo parlours and fast-food chains take over high street. According to research from Ordnance Survey into Brighton’s high streets. Number of banks steeply down. Brighton/Hove apparently has 10 high streets – not identified – and banks are down by 16.7%. Brighton has seen the largest increase in supermarket chains, tattoo parlours, fast food restaurants and cafés.
Page 2 5G mast plan is blasted as ‘as act of vandalism’. Proposal for a 20m mast on the footpath in Dyke Road next to St Nicholas church. Huge local outcry, unsurprisingly. Seventy objections already. Dominate area, taller than most if not all surrounding buildings, eyesore from almost all angles, ruin the view of Brighton’s oldest church. Ugly and horribly intrusive. To put mast here is an act of vandalism. Three (the mast putter-uppers) say they carry out extensive searches and evaluate a wide range of options before submitting any planning applications
Page 19 How developers’ cash has been spent in city. Section 106 agreements and CIL payments. Over the last year £5m raised from s.106: Coldean Lane £1.2m; Lyon Close £737,000; St Aubyn’s School £667,000; Pelham Street £469,000 and Kings House £318,000. Spent on: Varndean School improvements, pedestrian sustainable transport improvements, new play area and fitness facility, public art at Circus Street, Rain Garden at Moulsecoomb Primary (£75,000), St Anne’s Well gardens. In 2021/22 council entered into 42 planning agreements resulting in 132 new affordable homes built, including Victoria Road. More money raised from CIL – £378,000. Planning applications have the potential to reach contributions of around £1,500,000 by summer 2023 [what’s included in that figure – it must be assuming everything gets approved]
A league table! Safest places to live – Brighton does not come top. Survey of burglaries per 1000 people, by Confused.com
. Safest place is South Devon and Dartmoor [nothing to steal there]at 0.63. Worst was Middlesbrough at 7.86. Brighton scored 1.97 so not too bad.
Page 29 And another! Brighton is one of the worst cities in the UK at dealing with colds, says cold remedy company Olbas. Sheffield is the hardiest. They found that as well as being able to go about their daily business, they also take the fewest sick days. [Irresponsibly spreading their germs to their workmates? Extreme financial need? We are not told] Brighton came 17th out of 20. [Southern softies]